February 2009 Some Reminders Some Helpful Numbers
Road to Recovery
Dosing hours Monday through AA - Alcoholics Anonymous
Friday are 5:30am to 10:30 am 214-887-6699
Counseling is available NA - Narcotics Anonymous
5:30 am to 12:30 pm 972-699-9306

Recovery is a Journey

"We can secure other people's approval, if we do right and try hard but our own approval is worth a hundred of it…"  Mark Twain

Many of us have thought that if we tried a little harder we could please our parents; or if we were just a little better looking other people would be more likely to accept us, etc., etc. Some of us have spent an extreme amount of time, money, and effort in an almost constant attempt to gain approval. And, at times, it seems like our efforts are worth it.

After a while, most of us have found out that all that effort is not worth it. We found out that the harder we worked at being better, at trying not to make any mistakes, the worse we felt about ourselves. We just couldn't be good enough. The expectations were just too high. The disappointments came too often. Some of us gave up. We couldn't find a way to approve of ourselves that wasn't superficial. We relapsed back into substance abuse, or we stayed clean, sober, and miserable.

Last January, our newsletter was about happiness and values. So is this one. The path to approval that is worthwhile is pretty simple.

First, determine your true values. Values are things like honesty, hard work, loyalty, family, creativity, friendship, religion, health, and self respect.

Second, live life in a way that shows your values, no matter what. Sometimes, it is hard to live by our values. If we do this, we will be happy with ourselves, not necessarily with our circumstances, no matter what happens. We will find that the approval we have been searching for has been inside of us all along.

Rick B.

Come to Group

We are Meeting Every
Saturday from
8:30 AM to 9:15 AM
Every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

"The toughest thing about being a success is that you have to keep on being a success."

Irving Berlin

"Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction."

Al Bernstein

"Don't confuse fame with success; Madonna is one, Helen Keller is the other."

Erma Bombeck

"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him."

David Brinkley

Clinic hours on Saturday are OA - Overeaters Anonymous
6:00 am to 9:00 am 512-327-2802
Closed on Sunday Problem Gamblers Help-Line
Please remember to bring SA - Sex/Love Addicts Annon.
your lock boxes. 800-477-8191

How To Be a Problem Solver

  1. Identify the problem. Be as specific as possible.
  2. Generate all the possible options for solutions. At first, do not judge any of your choices. Even wild ideas are welcomed.
  3. Now, eliminate any obviously poor choices.
  4. Examine the remaining options one at a time. What are the possible negative consequences of each option? List all of the possible positive outcomes of each option. Eliminate any option if it is generally negative. Now, compare all the remaining options.
  5. Share your ideas with those you trust. People who are good for you and reliable.
  6. Select the most positive option.
  7. Now, think, "How can I best do this?" Come up with a measurable and realistic plan. You may want to call on those people again.
  8. Spend some time in meditation or prayer and turn the problem and the solution over to your higher power.
  9. Do it.

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

Symptoms  Cold
Fever Rare
Headache Rare
General aches & pains Slight
Fatigue, Weakness Slight
Extreme exhaustion Never
Stuffy nose Common
Sneezing Usual
Sore throat Common
Chest congestion Mild to moderate
Cough Hacking
Complications Sinus congestion, Earache
Prevention None
Treatment Only temporary relief.

Symptoms Flu
Fever lasts 3-4 days 102-104F
Headache Prominent
Aches & pains Usual; often severe
Fatigue, Weakness Can last 2-3 weeks
Extreme exhaustion Early & prominent
Stuffy nose Sometimes
Sneezing Sometimes
Sore throat Sometimes
Chest congestion Common
Complications Bronchitis, Pneumonia
Prevention Annual vaccination
Treatment Amantadine rimandadine within 24-48 hours of the beginning of symptoms.
Mothers Against Meth-Amph.

Central Dallas Ministries
Hepatitis Information
The Association of Persons
Affected by Addiction
The Twelfth Step Ministry
Lots of support groups of
various interests.
Visit their web site.
The Network of Community
Assistance with food, clothing
Texas Workforce Commission
Baylor College of Dentistry
Dallas Debtors Anonymous
Incest Survivors Anonymous
The procedure is called auricular acupuncture. It is helpful for a variety of issues that affect those with addictions.
Please see your counselor.

STD Screening The Dallas County Health Department is offering screening for sexually transmitted diseases. The fee is $25. If you can't afford to pay the full amount, a payment plan can be arranged. Please call before 7:45 AM to schedule an appointment.

HIV Testing Offered

Almost every Friday, a member of the HEI department from the Greater Dallas Counsel on Alcohol and Drug Abuse are here to offer free HIV testing. The test is called "OraQuick Advance." The test is based on saliva and you get your results in 20 minutes. The test is 99% accurate. All you do is come in and asked to be tested.

Foot Detox

Detox Spa

Cleanses your body of toxins.
30 minute treatment. Thirty dollars

Free Hepatitis Screen

The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas Medical Center offers free educational information and blood testing for hepatitis C without an appointment every Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The address is 1411 N. Beckley Ave, Pavilion III, Suite 268. Phone number 214-947-4452.

Dr. Candace McDaniel
8021 East R.L. Thornton Fwy, Suite A
Dallas, Texas 75228

Call (214) 328-4848 or   for more information